Here are nine of the best US home builder websites you can’t help but drool over.
Bowen Family Homes started in 1969 by Rudy Bowen. Some years later, Rudy brought his son, David Bowen, and two son-in-laws, Tip Cape and Mike Phelps, on board.
The website has a section called Home Buying 101 that offers a plethora of helpful information for future home owners. You can read about the construction, warranty, and purchasing processes, and learn about the steps involved in financing your new home. The Bowen Family Homes website also offers you a Mortgage Customization section, which provides you with everything from a mortgage glossary and calculator to a home buyers quiz that tests your knowledge of the home buying procedures.
Idaho’s largest home builder, CBH Homes was founded by Corey Barton in 1992. The website is broken up into five very helpful sections, each with additional subsections: Build Your Home, Shop Our Homes, Our Communities, Specials and Events, and Club Homeowners. On top of that, CBH Homes have helped a family out on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. To learn more about this and to see photos, at the bottom of the CBH Homes home page, under Specials & Events click on Extreme Home Makeover.
Lennar was originally called F&R Builders, co-founded in 1954 by Gene Fisher and Arnold Rosen. Two years later, Leonard Miller came on the scene by investing $10K and replacing Gene Fisher. Fast forward a few years to 1971, the company changed its name to Lennar, which – if you haven’t figured it out – is a mixture of the two names, Leonard and Arnold.
The Lennar website has wonderful information, no matter what you’re looking for; be it tips on how to sell your home or advice on whether to buy a new or foreclosed home. You can also create your own portfolio on the website, making it easier for you to search for what you’re looking for and save all your favourite listings.
McMillin Homes was founded in 1960 by Corky McMillin, and is now run by his sons, Scott McMillin (Chairman of the Board) and Mark McMillin (President and CEO).
The McMillin Homes website is super easy to navigate. First, select either Build a Home or Move-In Ready and then choose your desired location. From there, you’re provided with all of your home options and details, from price to square footage. It couldn’t be more easy – but helpful – than that!
The president and CEO of Pardee Homes is Michael V. McGee, who has been with the company since 1988. Jon Lash is the Executive Vice President and COO for Pardee Homes and has been with the company since 1987.
Like the other home builder websites, this one offers you details on everything you could possibly want to know, from getting started to financing your home. Additionally, Paradee Homes claim to have (from their website) “been a leader in green building since 1998 – long before it became fashionable.”
Larry T. Nicholson is the president and CEO of Ryland Homes. According to the website, “Ryland’s story begins in 1967, when founder James P. Ryan left his family’s company, Ryan Homes, to build homes in the nation’s first master-planned community of Columbia, Md. He and his partner, Bob Gaw, created The James P. Ryan Company and built 48 homes that first year. Nearly three years and 700 homes later, Ryland got its official name when Jim Ryan spotted a banner that read “Maryland,” with the “M” and “A” covered. The combination of Ryan and Maryland seemed like a perfect choice for the name of his company.”
The website offers a downloadable Homeowner Guide as well as an Online Loan Worksheet which enables you to apply for a loan online. Also, the Ryland Homes website offers you design tips, ideas, and inspiration. The website has a fun quiz that helps define your style. Based on your answers, your style is determined and suggestions on various décor colours and materials are provided.
Starting off as a small plumbing business in 1881 by John F. Shea, Shea Homes has grown into one of the “largest privately held builder in the nation” according to the company.
The website has a Customer’s Toolbox, which provides a ton of helpful information, including mortgage calculators to help you determine what your monthly payments would be. Also in the Customer’s Toolbox is a dictionary of terms you’ll need to know when going through the process of purchasing a home. Additionally, you’re provided with a Home Buying Checklist that will help you decide what’s important to you in terms of features of a home (for example, a 3-car garage, a kitchen island, or the location being near a school).
Standard Pacific Homes was founded in 1965 by Arthur Svendsen and Ronald Foell. The CEO and president of the company is Kenneth L. Campbell III.
The website is very intuitive and offers all the information you would ever need or expect to find in a home builder website … and then some. Whatever it is you’re looking for, be it a new career or a new home, it’s all easily found on the Standard Pacific Homes website.
Visiting the Company Overview of the Taylor Morrison website illustrates the company’s success. From the website: “Combining the rich histories of Taylor Woodrow and Morrison Homes, Taylor Morrison boasts numerous awards from J.D. Power and Associates, consistent top 5 finishes in customer satisfaction surveys and a Builder Magazine Hall of Fame induction, reflecting the company’s commitment to excellence.” It then goes on to say: “Taylor Morrison also operates one of Canada’s oldest and largest real estate companies, Monarch, building single-family homes, town homes and high-rise condominiums. Taylor Morrison’s parent company, Taylor Wimpey, is the United Kingdom’s largest home builder with 125 years of experience and operations in the United Kingdom, Spain and Gibraltar.”
It is very simple to find your way around the website and if, for some reason, you don’t find what you’re looking for or you have a question, requesting information or contacting them is easy to do. Like the other fantastic home builder websites listed here, this one provides you with tips, quizzes, glossaries, and helpful forms to make your home buying process as smooth as possible.
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